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Shrimp Puttanesca

I throw together these bold ingredients for a feisty seafood pasta. —Lynda Balslev, Sausalito, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes or small cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup pitted Greek olives, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers
  • Sugar to taste
  • Chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • Hot cooked spaghetti, optional


  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil; saute shrimp with 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes until shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes. Stir in salt; remove from pan.
  • In same pan, heat remaining oil over medium heat; saute onion until tender, about 2 minutes. Add anchovies, garlic and remaining pepper flakes; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, wine, olives and capers; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until tomatoes are softened and mixture is thickened, 8-10 minutes.
  • Stir in shrimp. Add sugar to taste; sprinkle with parsley. If desired, serve with spaghetti.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup shrimp mixture: 228 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • DebGL
    Jan 2, 2021

    I made the recipe exactly as shown, with Pinot Gris wine, except I added an extra 1 t capers. My husband and I loved the combination of the flavors. I've made puttanesco before, but with canned tomatoes. I like using fresh tomatoes. The only change I'd make is to reduce the red pepper flakes to 1/2 t so the heat is not as prevalent. The dish serves 3 generously. If I made it for 4, I'd bump up the ingredients a little.

  • Delores
    Dec 29, 2020

    It was very quick and easy to prepare. I cut the spaghetti amount in half and it was enough to coat without being too dry. I also did not use the capers because the anchovies and olives provided more than enough salt to the recipe. It was rated a "do it again" at my table.

  • kids chauffer
    Nov 27, 2017

    Very easy to assemble. Flavorful. Didn't have capers or parsley. Substituted chicken broth for wine/veg. broth. Reduced the pepper flakes by half to decrease the heat. Would either reduce the spaghetti noodles (i used a small handful) or double the puttanesca otherwise not enough to coat all the noodles. Definately adding to my rotation!